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“A small village, Portofino, stretches crescent-shaped along the edge of this calm bay.” Thus wrote Guy de Maupassant when describing Portofino, tiny sea village on the Italian Riviera circumscribed by the green of the Natural Regional Park and Marine Reserve.

This splendid sea resort with its lux, Mediterranean personality, also boasts an ancient marine culture, and of course is another one of those spots beloved by artists, famous personages and writers that have long sung its praises.

The “Piazzetta,” meeting-up point for the international jet-set, is the symbol of Portofino, while the port, with its characteristic, brightly-colored houses, is the icon of this borgo’s maritime traditions, whose inhabitants were called delfini (“dolphins”) by the Greeks and Romans, so apt were they at sea navigation.“


Cinque Terre, Porto Venere and the three Island of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto are inserts on the UNESCO World Heritage List, chosen for being distinguished exemplars of the ways in which man has been able to model and transform the environment here, without, however, altering the beauty of the landscape.

Prto VenereHistoric, spectacular, multi-colored borgoes overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, nestled between rocky reliefs and steep cliffs that are a sheer drop away from the coast, terraced hillsides where world-famous vineyards triumph – this is the Cinque Terre, in Liguria: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.

Seaside villages surrounded by agricultural terrain, they are rich in color, charm and simplicity, and make up part of the protected area of the Cinque Terre National Park.

GENOA 47 km

Genoa’s historic center - Ancient Italian Marine Republic and today Capital of Liguria - is the seat of splendid artistic and architectural treasures; it was inserted onto the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2006. The Site includes the Strade Nuove (“New Roads”), where stand the magnificent “Palazzi dei Rolli,” a series of noble abodes in the Renaissance and Baroque styles, built between the 16th and 18th Centuries. These elegant palaces conveyed the magnitude and splendor of Genoa to the world, and they were included in the citizen registers (the rolli, essentially, rolls). From these rolli, certain residences were chosen as the lodging for illustrious guests on State visits.


Lucca is an important city for art and traditional culture, presenting a vital historic center of extraordinary value, which has conserved almost intact the thick urban network of houses, towers, medieval churches, Renaissance palaces and 19th-century piazzas.

Since the Roman period the town has been surrounded by walls. In that period the walls had a quadrangular plan with four gates. In the XII and XIII century new town walls were erected to include the new quarters of S. Maria Forisportam, S. Pietro Somaldi and S. Frediano. These walls were 11 or 12 metres tall and were defended by towers. The gates of San Gervasio and Santa Maria dei Borghi belong to this period.

In the XVI century new works on the walls were started and at the end of the century the walls had the present shape with bastions. In the first half of the XIX century the architect Lorenzo Nottolini began to tranform the walls into the park you see today.


plays a main role from an artistic point of view: here the renawal in architecture, in sculpture and painting anticipate the florentine movement of the renaissance: the famous Leaning tower of Pisa, castles, churches, monasteries, all scattered on the top of hills along the rivers and in the ancient streets. The natural and environmental heritage is particularly attractive: in the area you can visit the Natural Park of Migliarino- San Rosssore, Massaciuccoli, the Pisano Mountain, the Hills, the Coastline at Marina di Vecchiano, Marina di Pisa and Tirrenia The thermal baths are an attractive proposal too: Casciana Terme, Larderello, San Giuliano and Uliveto Terme. In its streets, squares, churches and palaces, Volterra maintains elements characteristic of different historical periods: from the Etruscans to the Romans from the Middle Age to the 18th century.

FIRENZE 187 km

he cradle of the Renaissance, Florence is one of Europe’s great art cities. Giotto’s frescoes, Michelangelo’s David, canvases by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and a host of other greats in the Uffizi Gallery… there’s so much exquisite art and architecture, it’s difficult to know where to start.ut Florence is also a living city with a vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene, and a lively cultural movida that goes beyond old masters to embrace opera, classical music and contemporary art. Handsome, historic, full of quirky shops and quality crafts, and close to the vine-covered hills of Chianti, it’s one of Europe’s most civilised long weekend destinations.


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VENEZIA 390 km

ROMA 450 km